NEW YORK (

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) -- Four judges from the county that houses Penn State University recused themselves Tuesday from the child sex abuse case against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest, reports said.

John McCleland, a McKean County senior judge, has been appointed to take over the Sandusky case, according to

The Associated Press

.

Sandusky is facing 40 counts for allegedly sexually abusing eight children over a 15-year time span.

The fallout from the Sandusky scandal has included the firing of Joe Paterno

as head coach of the school's football team after 46 years

.

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